LA has a shelter bed shortage

There is a homeless shelter crisis in Los Angeles. We have 23,114 people living on the streets and in their vehicles. There are 10,201 existing interim and transitional housing beds, and another 274 coming in the City. We are short 12,639 beds. Even if an estimated 15% of folks weren’t willing to accept shelter, we […]

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$50 is the entry fee to homelessness

My friend and former co-worker Carlos works at PATH now. He told me that Zillow did a study about the risk of homelessness to renters in 2017 and apparently they did really accurate research because they are right. This means if you are renting a 1 BD apartment at $1,000 a month. For starters, you’re […]

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#MentallyIllarelesslikelytokill

Wow, that is a long hashtag, right? The issue attached to it also can’t be easily captured succinctly. But the facts remain, that people with mental illness are less likely to kill or injure others than those without a diagnosis. They must be broken Homelessness and Gun Violence have something in common, we assign the […]

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Dear White People, People of Color are Just People

People can be your friends, if they look different than you do if they walk differently than you do if they speak a language you don’t if they wear clothes you don’t expect if they have toys you thought they wouldn’t if their family has different types of members than yours if their God is […]

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Meet the Skid Row Police Leadership, Captain Marc Reina

You may remember that I started this blog when I worked on Skid Row. I have a love and hate relationship with the police. My absolute adoration changed when I began working in Skid Row. It was hard for me to tell the difference between “the Purple Shirts” and other area community forces. I learned to say […]

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